Conservatism

Episcopal priest, professional baseball player, college instructor, lecturer, and prolific writer, Albert Jay Nock (1872-1945) had a varied life and a profound effect on the nascent American conservative movement in the decades preceding World...

I am very glad to have an opportunity of explaining the reasons why I objected to the current terminology of Left and Right, most of all so far as Catholics are concerned. It is obvious today that we are...
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Recently, Matt Bruenig wrote an article in The Week called, "Why U.S. conservatives should embrace socialist, European-style economics," subtitled, "The benefits to the traditional family are clear." His arguments are not easy to dismiss, and I think...

Over the past half century, conservatism has become the dominant political philosophy in the United States. Newspaper and television political news stories more often than not will mention the word conservative. Almost every Republican...
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As the the conservative philosopher put it, his "unacceptable" views prompted character assassination, three lawsuits, two interrogations, one expulsion, the loss of a university career, contemptuous reviews, Tory suspicion, and the hatred of decent liberals everywhere. And, he swears, it was all worth it.
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Russell Kirk During the mid-1950s, Russell Kirk was a very busy man: writing, debating, travelling, advising, working hard to found a new conservative quarterly, and in general becoming a force to be reckoned with in...
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Hilaire Belloc was one of a rare breed, which today might be considered an endangered species. He was what was called a man of letters and a man who refused to be pigeonholed, who refused to be labeled,...
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I recently reviewed Paul Gottfried’s Leo Strauss and the Conservative Movement in America for the University Bookman. Paul responds to my review here. Note that in addition to Paul’s book being...
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Distributism is the name given to a socio-economic and political creed originally associated with G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc. Chesterton bowed to Belloc’s preeminence as a disseminator of the ideas of distributism, declaring Belloc the master in...
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The essential failure of the present version of the European Union is really not very hard to understand. People with foreign names, for whom you never voted and whose language you do not understand, write laws...
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Like most everyone I could not help but be moved by the musical Les Miserables. It seemed a powerful story of redemption, and I even found myself feeling sympathetic to the young revolutionaries as they sang...
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Jeremy Bentham I remember visiting a professor of mine a few years ago during her office hours and seeing a “Bush/Cheney 1984” bumper sticker tacked on her cork-board. That was, I admit, probably my...
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The end of the twentieth century of the Christian era is not far distant, and all about us things fall apart. There comes to my mind the...
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With Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's announcement that he supports the creation of an autonomous Hungarian political territory within the present borders of Ukraine, and that he believes Ukrainian citizens of Hungarian decent should be issued Hungarian...